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The Eos Foundation supports The Food Project's work with youth and sustainable agriculture

The Food Project was chosen for the 15th consecutive year by the trustees of the Eos Foundation to receive a $100,000 grant. With this support, The Food Project will continue our powerful youth development programs, sustainably manage seven farms throughout the region, and engage with community members to increase food access and food security through our harvests, educational offerings, and resource development in our communities.

“We are truly grateful for the longtime generosity of The Eos Foundation to support our work of empowering youth to build a more just and sustainable food system,” says J. Harrison, executive director of The Food Project.  “We look forward to continuing this productive partnership.”

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The Food Project receives Cummings Foundation grant

The Food Project has been selected as one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s “100K for 100” program. The Lincoln-based organization was chosen from more than 350 applicants during a very competitive review process. This award, over three years, will help The Food Project provide meaningful summer jobs for at least 240 young people that increase leadership, communication, and workplace skills. With these young people, The Food Project will grow and harvest more than 750,000 pounds of food, and provide 450,000 servings of fresh produce to underserved residents.

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John Wang named North Shore Regional Director at The Food Project

The Food Project is pleased to announce the appointment of John Wang to the position of North Shore Regional Director, effective June 8.  


Wang is a graduate of the International Health Policy and Management program at the Heller School at Brandeis University and joined The Food Project in May 2005. His experience in youth advocacy spans work in education, literacy, HIV-AIDS prevention, and community service promotion. Most recently, Wang served as the North Shore Programs and Community Outreach Manager.

“I am grateful to John for the amazing work he has done over the years, especially on the North Shore. With his experience, deep relationships in Lynn and in the region, his great care and commitment to our community of youth and adults, and his passion for The Food Project, our North Shore region is in good hands for years to come,” says James Harrison, executive director.

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J.'s Corner: Where there is a seed, there is hope

A message from Executive Director J. Harrison, published in the Spring 2015 edition of Happenings. To read the full newsletter, click here


In my first season at The Food Project in 2005, my job was to turn forty 12-foot-high piles of soil in Lynn into a farm.

The cold, early days of April were rough. High salt content in the soil made it tough for our early crops. Some second graders decided ripping up irrigation lines was a fun thing to do. A couple of high school students walking by yelled, "Hey man. What are you doing?" I yelled back, "Building a farm!" There was a long pause, laughter, and the response, "That won't work! You’re in the city." A growing sense of dread built in my chest. "What if this doesn't work?"

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Jazz Under Glass - Celebrating Community

 


Jazz, fashion, and delicious food, all in a glorious garden setting, marked the third annual Jazz Under Glass at the Dudley Greenhouse on Sunday, June 7.

 

The event, hosted by The Dudley Greenhouse Advisory Committee, celebrates and supports community-based programming at the Greenhouse. Emcee Fulani Haynes welcomed guests who enjoyed lively music by The Fred Woodard Collaborative, delicious food from local chefs and gardeners, greenhouse tours, family activities, and fashions by The House of Nahdra.

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Join The Food Project's Ride For Food team

Cyclists and volunteers raise funds to combat hunger 


 

"Our team had a great time riding last year. With three different routes, avid cyclists and casual bicycle riders can all participate and enjoy being part of a community effort to support The Food Project and help end food insecurity in New England."

 

- Joe Stein, co-captain of The Food Project's team

 

 

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Executive Director J. Harrison joins Jenny Johnson on Newsmakers

Executive Director J. Harrison joins Jenny Johnson on Newsmakers to talk about The Food Project. J. opens the interview by describing how the idea for The Food Project—bringing together young people across difference to grow healthy food—developed out of friendship. He shares the transformational power of our work with youth and concludes by emphasizing that because healthy food helps us to be our best selves, we need to invest in building a sustainable food system so we can create access to healthy food for all.  

Newsmakers is  a public affairs news program produced by Comcast featuring business and nonprofit leaders talking about current issues. 

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Enjoying a CSA from the Lincoln farm


Hunter Gates and his family, Shara and Oren, have enjoyed fresh produce from The Food Project for over a decade. We asked him to share why they enjoy coming out to the Baker Bridge farm in Lincoln to pick up their CSA farm share each week.

“I think that we first purchased a CSA share from The Food Project in 2006, although we had been enjoying the bounty since 2003 because a friend worked there. We live in Somerville, so we enjoy getting out of the city for some fresh air. We pick-up our veggies, get a fresh bouquet of flowers and fresh berries when they're in season, see our friends, and have an afternoon of positive physical activity as well as the psycho-emotional high of doing something that we love. 

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Farmers, Fables & Feasts a huge success

On Wednesday May 6, The Food Project hosted its annual benefit Farmers, Fables & Feasts at the Artists for Humanity EpiCenter. The event, which raised over $250,000, brought together a room full of supporters, youth and staff for an exciting evening of delicious food, inspiring stories from The Food Project’s Root Crew youth Julia and Gaurav, and a lively auction with Billy Costa, host of NESN's Dining Playbook.


Pictured are youth speaker Gaurav Dangol, J. Harrison, executive director of The Food Project, Linda McQuillan, co-chair, honoree Byron Hurt, Dylan Sanders, board chair, and Julia Fibbe, youth speaker.

 

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In Memory of Lenore Travis

All of us at The Food Project are deeply saddened to learn about the tragic accident and untimely death of our dear friend, Lenore Travis.  “Lenore has been such a champion of The Food Project and an important part of our community, serving on our board of trustees for many years and as co-chair of our upcoming event on May 6.  We will miss her humor, no-nonsense approach, generous spirit, and wisdom in so many ways”, said James Harrison, Executive Director. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time. 

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